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Made a big pot of this today, in celebration of having electricity again after being out for five days (came back late last night). I feel somewhat guilty though, as crews are still out there installing 7 huge utility poles out beyond a bunch of trees in very hot and humid conditions. Got to 100 yesterday (my inside thermostat showed 90). Today it is “only” 88, but with humidity “feels like 98” it says. The amazing thing is, this crew is from Alabama Power … I am in Ohio !!!! I should have thought of something to pick up for them at store last night. But what? Never once whined about power company (other things, but not them, lol). 16 hour days in this heat.

Glad to be back online. Will catch up on everyone’s notes later on, after catching up on more pressing matters. Hope everyone is doing ok and well.

Oh oh oh … this tea is yuuuuuummy with a little honey and newly bought coffeemate vanilla creamer (friggy/freezer almost total loss… but hey, had to restock a few basics last night, hehe). Honestly, iced Coke hit the spot way better for me these past days (sorry tea) :)

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Originally started testing teas, to replace a lifelong Coke (Coca-Cola) habit. Now I’m just amazed at all the choices. Still in beginner stage of tea education. Until I get really good at iced/cold tea, the Coke habit remains, but is down to a minimum.

My cupboard here on Steepster was ridiculous, containing each and every sample size that I have been accumulating. It now only contains non-sample size teas. Loose leaf outweighs the bagged teas, but it doesn’t look that way by the list (over 100 samples).

I started my tea journey testing flavored teas. My favorites are chai and mint flavored teas, along with Earl Grey. Also like chocolate, caramel, coconut, almond, vanilla, cinnamon, clove and some others. Most flavors are better with a nice black tea base. The mint ones seem best paired with greens. I’m branching out now to unflavored teas and it is way more overwhelming then the flavored category. Phew.

My (grown) son has decided that he wants to try to find tea that he likes too, so I’ll be passing along the ones I don’t care for to him (with instructions to then pass them on to his sister…evil plot? yes!). So I’ve removed my shopping list from Steepster and moved it to a spreadsheet (swaps are out for now). My shopping list had grown to 197! By going through each one, I was able to split that in half (since many were added in beginning, before I knew what I like/don’t like).

While not swapping, if there’s something in my cupboard that you’d like a sample of, please feel free to ask : )

Ratings (for now):
90s: Must have in personal rotation. Crave it.
80s: Makes me a happy tea drinker. Very good. Unsure of long term relationship.
70s: Like this. Will drink what I have (sample/tin/box), but unsure of whether I’d buy again.
60s: Probably a good tea for what it is. Just not to my personal liking.
50s and below: Do not like…at all. Either poor quality, yuck flavor or … (see tealog).

Old (and still current) obsessions: books, music and fragrances. Hopefully my tea collection stays much more “normal” then those. (too late)


Central Ohio

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